Someone sent me a meaningful quote on friendship today.
"If you wish to befriend someone, do not let it be based on his/her strengths, for one day you might be turned off by one of his/her weaknesses.
If you wish to befriend someone, do not let it be for the sake of his/her goodness, for one day you might hate him/her because of one flaw.
If you wish to befriend someone, do not let it be for his/her cheerfulness, for one day he/she may fail to make you happy and you might blame him/her for it.
If you want to befriend someone, let it not be for his/her knowledge, for one day he/she may not appear as smart and you might speak ill of him/her.
If you wish to befriend someone, simply accept him/her as a friend who is just an ordinary person. Do not expect him/her to be perfect because you are not sure if you are perfect yourself, in the eyes of God."
Wallahi, I think most of the readers know a lot better about the deen and sufism than I do. The only difference between you and I is that I speak my mind and heart about my faith and vulnerability openly. And sometimes I do get to hear yours when you leave a comment or email me. Thank you so much!
So know that I am also like many of you - a sinner who's trying to make amends with her Lord.
A transgressor who tries to keep husnul zan (positive thoughts) about her Creator.
A repenting servant who hopes that her Lord will replace her bad deeds with good deeds.
A student who is trying to catch up and learn what she has missed.
So please do not be a fan.
There's one du'a I learned from Hikam of Ibn Athaillah:
Ilahi kam 'asika wa anta tas turuni
Lord, I am so flawed and yet You cover up my weaknesses.
Bismillah, I pray that we will remain to be friends of faith for the longest time and that we love each other for the sake of Allah and Rasulullah s.a.w. InshaAllah.